There is a popular saying that it takes a lifetime to discover Rome (Rome, non basta una vita), but don’t be discouraged. If you are planning to spend a weekend or a longer time, Rome will captivate you with its antiquities, its architecture and its many museums and plazas full of real beauty.
More than twenty million of tourists per year enjoys a walk through Rome. Essential places to visit if you do not have enough time:
- The Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum
- The Coliseum
- The Roman Forum
The Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum
The Sistine Chapel is the best representation of Italian Renaissance. You can access in independently, if you do not want to extend the visit because it is at the end of four forced itineraries very long to cover.
There you can see the wonderful frescoes of Michelangelo, Raphael and Botticelli, but certainly the highest expectations is the dome with The Last Judgment by Michelangelo.
The Vatican Museums house a wealth of works of art. One of the main attractions is The “Octagonal Patio” where they are part of the sculpture collection of the Vatican; there you can see sculptures such as the Laocoon and the Apollo Belvedere considered one of the masterpieces of classical sculpture from the fourth century BC.
There are many other rooms where you can find: sarcophagi, wall hangings, the Vatican Art Gallery and a multitude of sculptures without losing focus on truly magnificent walls and ceilings.
This is divided into three parts: the arena, the Cave and the podium. In the arena fighting took place and it used to fill with water to simulate naval battles.
La Cave was the place where the spectators sat was divided into three sectors, the gentlemen sat on the lowest level, citizens in the middle and wealthy people in the highest.
The podium, a reservation for emperors, senators and other personalities.
Around the Coliseum is situated the Arch of Constantine and the entrance to the Roman Forum, commercial, political and religious center of the city in that time. The Sacred Way crosses it in its entirety.
If you still have time, St. Peter’s Basilica is another indispensable place.